By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
Chris Stratton was released from a hospital in Salem, Ore., on Wednesday and hopes to be pitching in a little more than three weeks.
The former Tupelo and Mississippi State standout was struck by a line drive on Tuesday during batting practice and hospitalized overnight. He was exhibiting concussion symptoms, according to his father, Lee Stratton, and was checked by an ear specialist on Wednesday.
“He’s coming along nicely. He feels a lot better,” Lee Stratton said. “He was nauseated, dizzy, now the nausea’s gone.”
Stratton, a first-round pick by the San Francisco Giants in June, has been pitching for Salem-Keizer of the short-season Northwest League. He was shagging fly balls behind second base, “and a ball came in a little short, so he stepped out to get it – pow,” said Lee Stratton.
A line drive from a hitter hit Chris Stratton just above the ear. He did not lose consciousness.
“It didn’t break the skin,” Lee Stratton said. “I think a lot of it’s just precautionary, but he did have those (concussion) symptoms. The Giants organization, they did great.”
Lee and his wife, Janet, spoke with their son Tuesday when he first arrived at the hospital, and Lee said it eased his mind to talk to Chris.
Stratton will have to stay in Salem until he’s cleared to fly. If he’s cleared in time, he’ll report to an instructional league Sept. 15 and work there for a month.
“That’ll be an important time for him,” Lee Stratton said. “That’s when they sort of work on some things and take a good look at him again.”
Stratton was 0-1 with a 2.76 ERA in eight appearances this season for Salem-Keizer. On his last outing, the right-hander tossed four scoreless innings.
His team is currently on the road, but Stratton will cheer them on once they return. The season ends Sept. 1.
As a junior at MSU last season, Stratton was 11-2 with a 2.38 ERA and earned consensus All-American honors.